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Sky’s the limit for Galway travel agency

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Galway people are on the move — with holiday bookings at one city-based travel agency, Corrib Travel, up by a whopping 50% this year.

To help cope with the demand, Corrib Travel have been on the move themselves, to bright modern new premises on Eyre Square – between Richardson’s and Fibber Magees – and have also doubled their staff.

The big demand this year among Galway holidaymakers is for more adventure-type breaks … especially in the value-for-money destinations in Asia and South America.

With security concerns having all but wiped out some of the most popular North African tourist trades, European destinations are getting more and more expensive.

But, according to Corrib Travel Manager, Clodagh Connolly, there is great value to be had for holidaymakers willing to go a little further afield.

“People are increasingly looking for holidays that are more than just beach breaks, and adventure holidays are becoming big business.

“The options are limitless — everything from safaris in Africa to climbing Kilimanjaro, visiting Machu Picchu in Peru, trekking, island hopping around Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and so on

“We’re seeing more and more Galway people looking for a holiday with a combination of beach, history and adventure.”

These are the kind of holidays becoming particularly popular with honeymooners and couples — with cruising, both in Europe and the Caribbean, also growing in popularity every year, she said.

One of the challenges facing travel agencies is to to make younger holidaymakers especially aware of the kind of services they provide, and the advantages they offer over online bookings.

“You set the parameters, give us your wish list for the kind of holiday you want, and we will find the flights, the accommodation, the perfect tour or activity, without all the hassle and the uncertainty of trying to do it online yourself.”

South America is a good example of a destination that’s difficult enough to do by yourself, according to Clodagh Connolly — and doing an independent itinerary yourself could end up costing you as much as 50% more than booking a tour.

“People might say ‘Oh I don’t want to go on a tour bus, sitting on a coach with a big crowd of other people’. But these tours are not like that, they cater for small numbers, you stay in people’s houses like B&Bs and get into the heart of the area you are travelling through.”

Clodagh also stresses the peace of mind which booking through a travel agent can bring: “We’re getting more people coming to us who’ve maybe been burned on the internet in the past, and didn’t get what they wanted or what they expected

“With us, on the other hand, we are part of the World Choice group which gives us access to holiday deals all over the world, we are bonded so everything is secure, and you have someone to contact at the end of the phone in the event of an unseen hitch while you’re away.”

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Atlantic Therapeutics takes top award for medical breakthrough

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The overall winner of this year’s Irish Times Innovation of the Year award is Galway-based Atlantic Therapeutics, which also won the Life Sciences and Healthcare category. Pictured presenting the category award is Dr Ciaran Seoighe, Deputy Director General Science Foundation Ireland with Atlantic Therapeutics’ Richard Allen, Danny Forde, Dr Ruth Maher, Christina Walsh and Brendan McCormack. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

The Galway based med-tech company Atlantic Therapeutics has won the Irish Times ‘Innovation of the Year Award 2019’ – for developing a non-invasive, long lasting solution to bladder weakness and other disorders associated with pelvic floor muscle problems.

As many as one in three women and one in ten men suffer from urinary incontinence, primarily due to weakened pelvic floor muscles. The condition often goes untreated and unreported due to the embarrassment involved and the stigma felt by patients.

Atlantic Therapeutics’ innovative device – aptly called Innovo – is similar in style and feel to a pair of cycling shorts and works by strengthening and rebuilding the pelvic floor muscles.

Earlier this year the company, which is based in Parkmore Business Park, raised €28 million in investment ahead of a move into the US, just months after receiving FDA approval for its flagship Innovo technology platform.

Global Product Manager Danny Forde said the company was proud and humbled to be chosen as the Innovation of the Year for 2019.

“This win is recognition of the enormous collective effort our team has made around the world; from our Galway HQ to our offices in the US, UK, France & Germany, together with the strong support of our suppliers, partners, distributors, investors, advisors and most importantly of all, our customers,” he said.

“It’s a significant milestone in our mission to help millions of people restore their pelvic health and thereby their control, confidence and active lifestyle.

“We’ve heard from previous winners about the amazing impact that the Innovation of the Year Award can have, and we’ve already had an overwhelming reaction – it’s been a whirlwind!” he added.

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MedTech recruiters are Guaranteed Irish

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Pale Blue Dot Recruitment on a recent visit to Cope Headquarters on the Tuam Road. The team raised over €1000 running the Streets of Galway and through various social media competitions. Pictured are (from left) Lynia O'Brien of Cope Galway, Anthony Griffin, Patrick Hughes, Olivia Kennedy and Sohini Mitra.

A Galway-based recruitment agency has been awarded the Guaranteed Irish symbol – following its pioneering partnership with COPE.

Pale Blue Dot Recruitment currently operates from Galway city centre and has become heavily involved in the local community. This year, the business partnered with COPE Galway as their Charity of the Year. A number of fundraising events for the charity were sponsored by Pale Blue Dot Recruitment, who also donated generously to the charity throughout the year.

Pale Blue Dot Recruitment works in professional placement for the MedTech industry, and is now connected with more than 50 percent of the professional MedTech workforce in the country.

Pale Blue Dot Recruitment joins 16 other Guaranteed Irish business members in Galway, including Stira, Revive Active, Hatman of Ireland and the WifOR Institute.

“Playing a role in the community and supporting local is something that Pale Blue Dot Recruitment holds very highly,” said MD Anthony Griffin. “COPE Galway provides so many services to the local community, supporting those who are in need most. We are delighted to support COPE Galway for the foreseeable future through various fundraising and awareness initiatives,” he added.

Guaranteed Irish is one of Ireland’s most enduring, recognisable and authentic symbols of trust. The business membership organisation has a network of 600+ members nationwide across various sectors, supporting over 71,390 jobs with an annual combined turnover of €11.2 billion to the Irish economy.

The Guaranteed Irish symbol helps Irish consumers identify products and services that are a better choice for jobs and local communities in Ireland.

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Ann Marie takes helm at Renvyle as Ronnie retires

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Pictured at the announcement, from left: Zoë Fitzgerald (Chairman, Renvyle House Hotel), Ronnie Counihan (retiring CEO), Anne Marie Kelly (incoming General Manager) and John D. Coyle (owner).

The historic Renvyle House Hotel on Connemara’s Renvyle Peninsula has a new general manager.

Anne Marie Kelly will take the helm following the announcement by current CEO Ronnie Counihan that he will retire next year after 20 years in charge of Renvyle and 45 years in the hospitality business.

GMIT graduate, Ann Marie Kelly has more than 30 years’ experience in hospitality, most recently working as general manager at the Station House Hotel in Clifden.

She previously held management positions with the Copthorne Tara Kensington, the Shelbourne in Dublin, Jurys Hotels and the Keadeen Hotel, Kildare. She’s a familiar face in Connemara, having run the Forge bar, restaurant and accommodation in Moycullen for 14 years before moving to the Station House.

Ms Kelly will work alongside Mr Counihan for the next two months before he steps down in January.

He will be “sorely missed”, according to the Chairman and Director of Renvyle House Hotel Zoe Coyle Fitzgerald.

“As one of the country’s most respected hoteliers, Ronnie is loved by guests and staff alike and is a mentor, colleague and friend,” said Ms Coyle Fitzgerald.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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